Twitter was set alight on Wednesday after Redi Tlhabi and Esethu Hasane engaged in a no-holds barred conversation on air.
702/CapeTalk's Redi Tlhabi had on Tuesday responded to a caller asking where the intellectuals are since former president Mbeki's departure from South African politics.
Listen to the conversation below:
Hasane, who was offended by "the dumber, the better" comment, on Wednesday called into the show to share his thoughts on the issue.
Listen to the interview below:
You did something you never do, that I'm sure 702 listeners were rejoicing and you said that anyone who is an intellectual is not in government. That was very offensive... I don't think my government that I work for is anti-intellectual.— Esethu Hasane, caller in Pretoria
I'm not sure what has rattled your cage because you are not in leadership... I said that I believe that there's a hostility towards intellectualism and I stand by that.— Redi Tlhabi, 702/Cape Talk presenter
You said people who are intellectuals are outside government, you said people who are intellectuals are suppressed, they are protesting. The dumber, the better comment, who does it refer to?— Esethu Hasane, caller in Pretoria
If a president is standing in front of an audience and tells people not to ask questions, and ignore those who are asking questions. That is what I'm referring to, meaning what is invited is a dumbing down of debate...I was talking about a culture, not people.— Redi Tlhabi, 702/Cape Talk presenter
I was calling out rudeness - I couldn't be rude myself doing so. She was going to use that as example -- "see" https://t.co/4Y9FmOckh3— THE PEOPLE (@ThinaBantu_) January 27, 2016
@RediTlhabi I applaud you for setting our intellect caller straight. You're right he does have self esteem issue. His defending the unknown.— Waqala nini (@tbkgafela) January 27, 2016